Undergraduate Transfer Credit
Transfer credit for transfer applicants is initially evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. For transfer applicants, a maximum of 60 credits may be awarded for all credits including those from Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, International Baccalaureate and international subject-based assessments. Once matriculated, students must obtain prior approval to take courses at another institution from the appropriate departmental chairperson in writing. Courses must equate to semester credit hours. Upon successful completion of coursework and a minimum grade of "C" (grades of "S/U" and "Pass/Fail" will be accepted if it is the only grading option) students must provide an official transcript to the Office of Enrollment Services. Coursework will be transferred in with a grade of TR and a portfolio review for a studio course may be required. No credit is awarded for coursework deemed remedial (often, but not always denoted as below the 100-level).
MICA accepts Advanced Placement courses for credit from students who successfully pass the College Board AP Examination with scores of 4 or better; a 5 or better is required for the Drawing portfolio exam. Transfer is contingent upon applicability to degree requirements; credit will not be awarded in excess of degree requirements. A maximum of 15 credits may be awarded in combination with Dual Enrollment, International Baccalaureate and international subject-based assessments.
Charts with information about specific Advanced Placement tests and required scores for MICA credit equivalents can be found here.
Credit for college-level coursework successfully completed in high school may be accepted for credit toward the undergraduate degree if this coursework is not also used to complete a student’s high school graduation requirements. Credit must be earned at a regionally accredited community college, college or university. A maximum of 15 credits may be awarded in combination with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and international subject-based assessments. A minimum grade of "C" is required for transfer to MICA (grades of "S/U" and "Pass/Fail" will not be accepted). Credits will be transferred in with a grade of TR and a portfolio review for a studio course may be required.
Credit earned through MICA’s Pre-College is awarded as transfer credit and does not apply to the 15 credit limit that may be awarded in combination with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Dual Enrollment. Credit is generally awarded as studio electives. A minimum grade of "C-" is required for transfer.
Students who have completed the IB Diploma or the individual examinations may be eligible for credit if they earn a score of 6 or 7 on the higher-level examinations. Depending on the exam, credit is awarded as Humanistic Studies or Math/Science Elective. No credit will be awarded for the Art/Design Elective. A maximum of 15 credits may be awarded in combination with Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment.
Cambridge International (CIE) A-Levels
Credit is awarded for Cambridge International exams in which a score of C or higher is earned. Three credits are awarded for AS Level and six credits awarded for A Level exams. Credit will not be awarded in excess of degree requirements. A maximum of 15 credits may be awarded in combination with Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment and International Baccalaureate.
Charts with information about CIA A-Level exams and MICA credit equivalents can be found here.
Graduate Transfer Credit
With approval of their Program Director, full-time MFA students may transfer a maximum of six (6.00) credits of graduate-level liberal arts coursework from another institution through the Office of Enrollment Services. Graduate level ELL credits taken during a post-baccalaureate year at MICA (including Graduate Academic Writing Workshop) are not eligible for transfer to a student's MFA degree. Due to the specific sequence of courses required in the MAT, MAAE, MFACA, MPS, MBA/MA and MFAST programs, no transfer of credits will apply to these degrees.